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Mathews has now released both the Heli-M, an extremely lightweight version of the Z7, and the Jewel, a bow geared squarely at women shooters based off of the Z7 Extreme.  Did they hit or miss with the 20th anniversary offerings?  Read on for more details and decide for yourself!

2012 Mathews Heli-M

The 2012 Mathews Heli-M is a Z7 bow, that went on an extreme diet and got a make-over to boot.  This updated version of the Z7 is different in several ways, most notably the loss of over half a pound of weight.  Changes were made to nearly every aspect of the bow including the cam, limbs, Dead End string stop, Reverse Assist roller guard (no longer sporting the Grid-Lock guard, but rather a single carbon rod) and idler wheel.  Even the Harmonic Dampers are 1/3 of their previous weight.  While shedding the weight compared to the Z7, the Heli-M shed a few FPS and is rated at 332 FPS.

While the Heli-M sports a Grid Lock riser, it’s new version called the GeoGrid, which instead of having a straight grid, the grid follows the contours of the handle, helping to strengthen the design while shedding some mass.  Also notable is that some traditional hardware is missing on the bare bow (but can be added on) such as quiver mounting hardware.  This drops the weight on the bare bow, allowing the user to add only what they need.  The new components are also lighter themselves.

The new Heli-M cam is a derivative of the Z7 cam, with minor changes to make it lighter and also has a different draw-force curve.  This new cam is designed to peak earlier, then slowly drop off until it hits the valley where it dumps into its full let-off.  Also added to the cam is a new, rubber-coated draw stop. Heli-M’s new grip takes a page from the finer models of guns, sporting a high-grade walnut wood

The Heli-M is available in Mathew’s signature Lost Camo, all black and a tactical version which uses a woven carbon pattern.  Initial units began shipping to dealers and arriving on Nov. 1st.

2012 Mathews Heli-M2012 Mathews Archery Heli-M Specifications

Speed 332 FPS
Axle to Axle Length 30″
Brace Height 7”
Draw Length 26″-30”
Peak Draw Weights 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 lbs.
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Let-Off 80%
MSRP $959





2012 Mathews MR8

Also making its debut this year is the MR8.  As can be imagined, it is heavily based on the current Monster series (MR5, MR6, MR7 being the others) but this time stretching the brace height out to 8″.   While it may seem to be just another Monster, what is nice about this bow is that it also stretches the draw length out to 33″.  Long armed shooters may rejoice at at having this option for a high-performance bow!

Besides the change in brace height (and the required riser geometry changes) all other features appear to mirror those of its other Monster brothers.

2012 Mathews MR82012 Mathews Archery MR8 Specifications

Speed 330 FPS
Axle to Axle Length 33″
Brace Height 8”
Draw Length 27 1/2″-33”
Peak Draw Weights  50, 60, 65, 70, 80 lbs.
Weight 4.45 lbs.
Let-Off 80%
MSRP $999





 2012 Mathews Jewel (2012 Mathews Jewel Page)

Mathews is the first major manufacturer to introduce a new bow for 2012, the Jewel.  Designed specifically for those with shorter draws and with multiple color options aimed specifically at women, the Jewel is sure to appeal to those in these categories.

Based upon the Z7 series and most closely to the Z7 Extreme, the Jewel shares many features with its older brothers.

Fans of bold, bright colors will like the Teal and Pink color options for the riser.  There is of course an option for Lost Camo and black as well.  The limbs come in Lost Camo, gold, gold on Lost Camo, pink, teal and platinum.  The website isn’t clear on if any limb limb can go with any riser, but it appears that the combinations for riser/limb are: Lost Camo/Gold on Lost Camo, gold/black, pink/pink, teal/teal and platinum/black.

2012 Mathews Jewel, Electric Pink2012 Mathews Archery Jewel Specifications

Speed 325 FPS @ 29″, 60 lbs.
Axle to Axle Length 28″
Brace Height 6 3/8”
Draw Length 22-29”
Peak Draw Weights 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 lbs.
Weight 3.6 lbs.
Let-Off 80%
MSRP $999

For more details and pictures, visit the 2012 Mathews Jewel page.




Other 2012 Mathews

It is rumored that there are more Mathews bows on the way in December.  I have heard all sorts of “my brother’s wife’s cousin’s niece-in-law’s pro shop said” things and there is no way to separate truth from rumor from pure fiction at this point.  Anything from a new bow that has nothing to do with the Z7/Monster series to a Carbon Monster/Z to a new target bow.  Is any of it true?  Who knows!  We’ll have to wait and see.  But if you do here of any rumors that we can spread for fun, just shoot me a message on the contact page.

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